REVIEW | You Heard It Here First – Rock Volume 1

Independent record label Amazing Record Co, a sibling to Amazing Radio, have made it a goal of theirs to help expose the best under-the-radar music across the country. This has resulted in the creation of a new compilation album titled You Heard It Here First: Rock Volume 1; featuring 16 of the UK’s finest rock acts.

And being the first time ever covering a record of this nature on the blog, we’re going to take a look at every single track one by one and see exactly why each of these bands deserve more love in the public eye.

GOD DAMN – VULTURES

God damn, indeed! I’ve heard many good things about these guys, and boy do they live up to the hype. Erupting from the get-go, it is an insane tune characterised by rugged riffs and forceful drumming.

A hell of a first impression that’s given me a taste of what this duo has to offer, and now I want more…

VUKOVI – BOY GEORGE

The latest single from one of my favourite Scottish bands is a high-adrenaline number that ranks among their heaviest to date, with it’s blend of vigorous guitars, bass and drums, in addition to strong vocals and a catchy as hell chorus.

BURY TOMORROW – MAN ON FIRE

So yeah, it is rather odd reviewing these guys considering they’re a bit beyond the under-the-radar stage at this point, but it looks like we’re making an exception here.

With that said, this is a phenomenal heavy tune. The screams are ferocious and on top form; countered perfectly with the slick clean vocals. Top it off with an unbelievable chorus and you have proof of why Bury Tomorrow are among the hottest acts in the UK metal scene today.

GALLERY CIRCUS – SUPERCELL

Top notch vocals, delightful riffs and a rocking rhythm make this quite the entertaining listening experience from the second duo to be featured on this collection.

LITTLE EYE – FIGHTING THE FUTURE

I’ve witnessed these guys live on stage, having been behind the barrier of the O2 ABC that separated them and over 1000 screaming fans. Safe to say, they impressed big time.

As for their contribution to the compilation, it is a simple yet effective pop rock song. Calm, building verses soon lend their way to an exciting and very catchy chorus perfectly adaptable for an audience to sing along to at any given live situation.

TELLISON – TACT IS DEAD

A riveting track to come from this London indie rock band, highlighted by superb writing and an engaging rhythm.

BOY JUMPS SHIP – MAKE YOU PROUD

The opening number of the band’s Lovers & Fighters EP kicks off with an ensemble of vocals before firing into what is a ridiculously catchy tune with an awesome chorus, unforgettable lyrics and an intoxicating energy throughout.

BRAWLERS – WINDOWMISSER

Judging by this song, it comes as no surprise as to why these guys have been picking up in popularity. A memorable chorus, rocking melody and bouncy beat make this a must-listen.

HALO TORA – AGE OF TERROR

Just one of many amazing tracks from the debut album of one of Scotland’s most talented prog outfits, featuring a combination of intricate riffs, pitch perfect vocals, a captivating rhythm and an incredible chorus.

PRESS TO MECO – WASTING TIME

A brilliant number by one of the UK’s best emerging bands, from their Affinity EP (which happens to be my all-time favourite EP, by the way). The trio burst right out of the gates with a rip-roaring chorus that immediately has the listener hooked. The harmonies are strong, the writing is memorable, the riffs are great and the rhythm is catchy as hell.

All these qualities make for a song that will have you hitting the repeat button again and again until it breaks.

METASOMA – I HIDE

Holy crap, this is a damn good tune. The vocals are brilliant, the guitar work is sick and the rhythm is exhilarating; excelling to it’s optimum point during the chorus. Nothing short of a real headbanger.

BURN MARILYN – THIS TOWN AIN’T BIG ENOUGH

A cracking high-octane song we have here which displays great vocals, smashing riffs and hard hitting drum work.

WE CAME FROM WOLVES – STALLIONS, FOALS, FOXES, CROWS

Produced by another one of my favourite Scottish bands, this is an exciting, catchy rock number with excellent guitar work, fantastic noteworthy writing containing strong themes and a spirited pace that never ceases over it’s duration.

COLT 45 – OK

One of the finest groups to emerge from the north of England bring us a jumping tune with mighty fine riffs and a pleasing rhythm.

MAN MAKES FIRE – PRETTY FACE

A thrilling piece laying heavy on the bass, in addition to featuring a rip-roaring chorus and drum work that has a real punch to it.

THE SPILLS – A FILM AND A FRAME

A short yet captivating number with a foot-tapping beat and sleek guitars brings the compilation to an end on a very high note.

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